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A Game of Thrones Audiobook
A Game of Thrones
Written by: 
George R. R. Martin
Narrated by: 
Roy Dotrice
A Game of Thrones Audiobook

A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: A favorite of Audible listeners, the first book in Martin's series introduces a world of deep intrigue, dark fantasy, and varied characters. It might prove overwhelming, were it not for Roy Dotrice. With a voice so seasoned and gripping that he may have stepped from, well, a George R. R. Martin novel, Dotrice gives each character their own persona and regionality, helping to anchor the listener throughout the action and intrigue. —Ed Walloga

Publisher's Summary

In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow. At the center of the conflict, the Starks of Winterfell hold the key: a reluctant Lord Eddard is summoned to serve as the king's new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder both family and kingdom. In this land of extremes, plots and counterplots, soldiers and sorcerers, each side fights to win the deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

©1996 George R.R. Martin, (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc., published in arrangement with Random House Audio Group,a division of Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 1997

"Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes...He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least." (Publishers Weekly)
"The first volume in Martin's first fantasy saga combines intrigue, action, romance, and mystery in a family saga." (Booklist)
"Grabs hold and won't let go. It's brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"This novel is an absorbing combination of the mythic, the sweepingly historical, and the intensely personal." (Chicago Sun-Times)

What Members Say

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    Nada 03-29-15
    Nada 03-29-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Once your hooked you can't stop!"

    Amazing story I need to listen to the other books! Once you follow the story it becomes very interesting and you can't stop

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    robert United States 03-28-15
    robert United States 03-28-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Well Done!!"

    When I started this series I wasn't sure if it would be for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Never being interested in fantasy before, I decided to give it a try. I found the story to be well written and very captivating, but the best part of this audio-book has to be the narration. Roy Dotrice had to be the best choice for this task. His multitude of voices and story telling rhythm brings this story to life. I am halfway through the second book and am looking forward to the whole series.

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    Emmanuel 03-26-15
    Emmanuel 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great book. boring narrator"

    the books are all obviously worth reading, but I really wish I had more than one option of narrator. Roy Dotrice gives an almost monotone performance, with very little drama or excitement. Maybe his accent makes it more distinguished, but for me it really didn't add anything. I made it through the first two of the series, but I plan to read the rest of this series in print.

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    Ben Engelke 03-26-15
    Ben Engelke 03-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    Roy Dotrice is an great narrator. The story is great and well told. Sooooo many characters! !

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    Angie Doyle Mansfield, IL 03-26-15
    Angie Doyle Mansfield, IL 03-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Series - Narration Perfect!"
    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    I plan on listening to all in this series. The story is excellent and the narrator captures each character perfectly. I mostly listen in the car on long trips and it really helps pass the time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Game of Thrones?

    I adore Catelyn Stark. I loved when she captured Tyrion Lannister. He's such a smug little punk!


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. I love his voice and the effort he puts into each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way, at 40 some hours that's not even possible.


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    Marc von Osinski 03-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "great story"

    I will listen to them all then watch the series and it was interesting all the way through

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    JaneOfAllTrades 03-26-15
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    "Legendary."

    Literally my favorite books of all time. And my favorite reader. Roy Dotrice is legendary. I've listened to it at least 4 times. On a humorous note, one of my favorite lines is "They're all bungholes, who think they're too noble to shit."

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    Joshua Sterling 03-26-15
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    "five stars for sure!"

    I have listed to it three times and I keep finding new things and new favorite lines.

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    Tracey 03-25-15
    Tracey 03-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Book out does series"

    I enjoy how the author stays true to time period. All I can say is read a book, because imagination is so much more then a television screen.

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    Rebecca 03-24-15
    Rebecca 03-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent"

    I love the series and knew that the book had to be great. I was not disappointed. Roy Dotrice was superb! There was so much going on with so many stories and he made all the characters come alive. I felt like I was watching the series. A fantastic book and excellent read for sure.

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